For Droga, Polish born performance and visual artist Ania Bas led walks in and around Southend with collaborators Laura Trevail and John Alexander Borley, inspired by the rounding up of Polish citizens from their houses by the Soviet Army. The Polish citizens were given a very short amount of time to pack essentials only and board a train. The walks explore the moment of arrival to the new place.
The walks involved carrying bags filled with sand through Southend and onto its man made beach. Participants explored the city with its various characteristics, stopped for breaks in different locations and finally deposited the sand on the beach.
Droga emulates the Situationist notion of discovering a city through walking without mapping out a detailed pre-determined journey, allowing the architecture and structure of the city to reveal and present itself to the passer by.
Artists: Ania Bas, Laura Trevail, John Borley Alexander
In 1976, the best ever Polish Football team played against arguably the best ever Iranian football team in the Montreal Olympics. This match featured the world renowned players Tomaszewski, Lato and Deyna as well as the great Ali Parvin for Iran, nicknamed "The Sultan". Such a clash of talent led to a memorable game with Poland edging to a 3-2 win against Iran and going on to gain the Silver medal.
In a humorous presentation, Chris Dobrowolski and Mehrdad Seyf use footage from the match to discuss football, revolution, swimming and subbuteo.
2009 was Poland 3 Iran 2's first outing. The piece was selected for Escalator East to Edinburgh 2010. It had a three week run at Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a national and international tour.
Created and Perfomed by: Mehrdad Seyf and Chris Dobrowolski